Pirelli World Challenge

Rolling Starts for PWC Friday, Saturday Races

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Rolling starts will be used for the remainder of the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge on the series’ Friday and Saturday races. A standing start will remain in use on Sunday races.

Furthermore, a single warm up lap will take place prior to GT races along with larger starting boxes on a staggered grid, which were trialled at Mid-Ohio.

“The move to combining rolling and standing starts will reduce some recent events we have had on standing starts with launch control systems and mechanical failures,” said Pirelli World Challenge Competition Director, Marcus Haselgrove. “This will add another quality aspect to the PWC racing weekends.”

“We want to provide a good show throughout the weekend for the Pirelli World Challenge and having both rolling and standing starts will be very entertaining,” said PWC Race Director, Dorsey Schroeder.

“We have had¬†some troubles with the GT division with electronic controls on the cars. We don’t have cars spinning the tires like before. Thus, we are breaking some equipment. The rolling starts should help the teams and manufacturers with their cars in that situation. But we don’t want to get away from the heritage of PWC with the spectacular standing starts.

We have listened to the competitors. We will also give just one warm up lap for standing starts rather than two. The Pirelli tires hook up so well that the grip is just outstanding for the standing starts. We will institute the new standing program beginning this weekend at Mid-Ohio with the Touring Car classes.”

The Pirelli World Challenge returns this weekend with three TC/TCA/TCB races at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

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